Human Rights in Australia under fire

June 27, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Liberal MP Julian Leeser is to deliver the 2018 B’nai B’rith Human Rights Address in Sydney.

Julian Leeser

“Is it time for a review of the Australian Human Rights policy?” asks Mr Julian Leeser MP, the Liberal Party Federal Member for Berowra. Julian questions whether the Australian Parliament is doing anywhere near enough to prevent human rights violations in Australia.

As one of the youngest parliamentarians, Julian Leeser has a demonstrated passion for the subject and was a recent attendee of the 2017 World Conference on Human Rights in Switzerland. On 15 July, Mr Leeser MP, will deliver his controversial address, as the guest speaker of this year’s B’nai B’rith Human Rights Address. B’nai B’rith is the world’s oldest and most widely known Jewish, humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organisation.

President of the B’nai B’rith NSW Alfred Dreyfus Anti-Defamation Unit and of the “Moving Forward Together Association” Ernie Friedlander  is concerned with the status of human rights in our immediate surroundings.  He notes that the rise in racism which includes Anti-Semitism is a concern to us all. Of alarming concern is the introduction of new language to describe the latest trend of racism, namely Islamophobia. He notes that the world is changing but our Australian parliament does not seem to be keeping up with the changes.

Mr Friedlander encourages this debate to be taken up by our youth, and invitations have been extended to schools.  He believes that it is vital that the younger generation become aware and involved as they will be the responsible for this issue in the future. If our Australian schools are the melting pot of different cultures then that is where the foundation for more a tolerant society is to be built.

“It’s about not being tolerant of attacks on human rights in Australia but rather setting an example for the world,” said Mr Friedlander.

A large crowd is expected to hear Mr Julian Leeser MP take the lead in answering some important questions. It is anticipated that he will cover topics such as antisemitism, fake news and equality in Australia for all religions.

This will be the first official event to be held at the new Emmanuel Synagogue Sanctuary since its opening. The presentation titled, “Human Rights and the Australian Parliament – Time for a Review,” will be held on Sunday 15 July, 7pm at the Emmanuel Synagogue in Woollahra and is open to the public.

Tickets are available online through by calling (02) 9321 6309

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